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A vintage Hawaiian movie about “surfboarding”

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Hawaii: the thrill of surfing attracted thousands of new tourists in the early decades of the 20th century | Photo: Unknown Photographer

The 20th century marked the birth of surfing as an outdoor water sports activity, and the Hawaiian Islands were the epicenter of a cultural and economic revolution.

In the first decades of the 1900s, the art of “surfboarding” – or “surfriding” – brought thousands of new tourists to the iconic Pacific Ocean archipelago. Hawaii was en vogue.

The local beach boys would teach foreigners how to catch a wave, and tourism flourished. In the early 1940s, Frederic Ullman, Jr. produced a “sports reel” for Pictorial Films, capitalizing on Hawaii’s strongest touristic offerings.

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